The OS Explorer map range are Ordnance Survey’s most detailed maps, shown in 1:25 000 scale – 4cm on the map equals 1km on the ground. They and are ideal for outdoor activities like walking, horse riding and off-road cycling. They show roads and rights of way, permissive paths and bridleways, plus essential information such as youth hostels, pubs and visitor information points.
The Jurassic coast is a major draw for many outdoors enthusiasts and the beautiful countryside of South Dorset is perfect for walks and rides. Covering an expansive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s a wealth of tranquil countryside and crashing coastline for you to explore.
The peninsula of Purbeck is made up of 60 square miles of sculpted shores, steep cliffs and sandy beaches – a perfect location for all kinds of walking, from gentle ambling, to serious tramping. For cyclists there’s the the challenging 47-mile trail around Purbeck.
Explorers can find fossils and a medley of marine life at Kimmeridge Bay as the flats here provide the perfect platform for keen ecologists to explore the natural environment. The woodlands and heath on Brownsea Island allow you to spot red squirrels, Sika deer, kingfishers and oystercatchers.
And if archaeology’s where your true interest lies, head to Dorchester to discover ancient sites, from the Maumbury Rings to Maiden Castle. Other places in this area include Chesil Beach, Dorchester, Weymouth, River Frome, Swanage, and Wareham.
The OS Explorer range of maps includes a digital version of the paper map, accessed through the OS Maps phone app for Android and iOS.